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Whanganui

35
Heartland Championship Saturday 6 November @ 2:00 pm Boyd Park Te Aroha

Match Report

Heartland Championship Round 8
Thames Valley 27 Whanganui 35

Whanganui came to Boyd Park Te Aroha hungry, for a win over Thames Valley to ensure that they would gain a home final for the Lochore Cup. With their 35-27 victory the Butcher Boys achieved their objective and will now play North Otago in Whanganui next Sunday. On the other hand the Swamp Foxes had already qualified for the Meads Cup final and although they played with vigour and determination it may well have been Whanganui’s greater motivation that carried the day for the visitors.

The match was a wonderful rehearsal for both teams leading into their finals next week. It was  hard, no compromising football with neither side taking a step backward. At times the heat of the sun was matched by hot tempers on the field and three yellow cards were issued. Whanganui had a huge height advantage in the lineouts whereas Thames Valley were the better in the scrums. The mid field defence by each side was of a high standard which limited attacking opportunities out wide.

The Butcher Boys got off to a perfect start with seven points on the scoreboard after two minutes of play. In his 50th appearance for Whanganui, flanker Jamie Hughes went over in maul for a try which Ethan Robinson converted. Todd Doolin opened Thames Valley’s scoring with a penalty goal. Robinson kicked two further penalty goals as did Doolin to make the score- Whanganui 13 Thames Valley 9. Joe Cook then scored an excellent try in finishing off a long range attack and with Doolin’s conversion the Swamp Foxes led by 16-13. Almost immediately Whanganui replied with a clever cross kick to Kameli Kuruyabaki who had a clear run in to score. There was no conversion and Whanganui had regained the lead to make the half time score. Whanganui 18 Thames Valley 16.

Ten minutes into the second half the scores were level. Robinson had kicked a further penalty goal and Sam van der Walk scored a fine opportunist try off the back of a lineout for Thames Valley. A try to Te Rangatira Waitokia, converted by Craig Clare saw the Butcher Boys ahead 28-21.  Doolin closed the gap with a penalty goal but Clare then scored a try of his own which he converted. Doolin’s fifth penalty goal enabled the Valley to still be in touch at 35-27 but Whanganui closed down the game with some excellent tactical kicking and there was no further scoring.

With his 17 points from 5 penalty goals and 1 conversion Todd Doolin has now scored 119 points for Thames Valley with 107 of those being in Heartland games.

Although disappointed to lose their unbeaten record in the 2021 Heartland competition Thames Valley will now have a greater appreciation of what is ahead of them in the final at Timaru.

The challenge is there for the Swamp Foxes- Kia kaha.

Thames Valley 27 - 35 Whanganui

  • Saturday 6 November 2021 @ 2:00 pm
  • Heartland Championship 
  • Boyd Park Te Aroha
  • Referee: Tipene Cottrell
TR CON PEN DG
16 Cody Muir Sam Van Der Valk
17 Josh Kaho Trinity McQueen
18 Ryan Leopold Cameron Dromgool
19 Matt McCahon Matty Axtens
20 Jack Kingsford Fred Kei Fotofili
21 Leroy Neels Ben Bonnar
22 Tevita Halafihi Sam McCahon
38
Played
8
Won
0
Drawn
30
Lost

Previous meetings

15 Aug 23 2:00 pm Representative Thames Valley v Whanganui 10 - 06
15 Aug 26 2:00 pm Representative Whanganui v Thames Valley 11 - 15
17 Jun 59 2:00 pm Representative Whanganui v Thames Valley 16 - 12
14 Jun 73 2:00 pm Representative Whanganui v Thames Valley 15 - 12
17 Aug 76 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Thames Valley v Whanganui 12 - 20
17 Sep 77 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Whanganui v Thames Valley 40 - 25
29 Jul 78 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Whanganui v Thames Valley 17 - 07
12 Sep 79 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Thames Valley v Whanganui 00 - 31
19 Aug 80 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Whanganui v Thames Valley 20 - 06
26 Sep 81 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Thames Valley v Whanganui 12 - 28
25 Jul 82 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Whanganui v Thames Valley 13 - 06
30 Aug 83 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Thames Valley v Whanganui 13 - 23
25 Aug 84 2:30 pm NPC-Div2Nth Whanganui v Thames Valley 32 - 15
19 Jul 88 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 Whanganui v Thames Valley 12 - 31
31 Aug 91 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v Whanganui 38 - 13
25 Sep 93 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 Thames Valley v Whanganui 11 - 13
02 Oct 93 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 Whanganui v Thames Valley 30 - 14
27 Aug 94 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 Whanganui v Thames Valley 20 - 15
12 Aug 95 2:30 pm NPC-Div3 Thames Valley v Whanganui 06 - 17
27 Sep 97 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v Whanganui 05 - 17
22 Aug 98 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v Whanganui 20 - 16
12 Sep 98 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Whanganui v Thames Valley 34 - 10
28 Aug 99 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v Whanganui 13 - 35
26 Aug 00 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Whanganui v Thames Valley 26 - 17
29 Sep 01 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Thames Valley v Whanganui 30 - 08
25 Sep 04 2:30 pm NPC-Div2 Whanganui v Thames Valley 62 - 10
19 Aug 06 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Whanganui v Thames Valley RFU 65 - 18
30 Aug 08 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v Whanganui 0 - 43
25 Sep 10 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Whanganui v Thames Valley 23 - 17
20 Aug 11 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v Whanganui 21 - 31
21 Sep 13 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Whanganui v Thames Valley 28 - 8
26 Sep 15 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v Whanganui 27 - 47
01 Oct 16 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Whanganui v Thames Valley 60 - 14
02 Sep 17 2:00 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v Whanganui 19 - 21
20 Oct 18 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Whanganui v Thames Valley 7 - 17
31 Aug 19 2:30 pm Heartland Championship Whanganui v Thames Valley 30 - 36
19 Oct 19 2:00 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v Whanganui 15 - 20
06 Nov 21 2:00 pm Heartland Championship Thames Valley v Whanganui 27 - 35